Altesino’s esteemed Brunello is built to last. (If you can, consider letting it rest for 20 years or more.) Patience will be rewarded: the winery is a pioneer in the production of Montalcino Sangiovese characterized by balance, finesse, and intensity. This wine brings together fruit from the vineyards of Altesino, Macina, Pianezzine, and Castelnuovo dell’Abate in the Val d’Arbia DOC. First produced in 1972, the wine traditionally ages for at least four years prior to release: a minimum of two years in oak barrels, four months maturation in bottle.
Brilliant ruby-red, tending toward garnet red with age, this Brunello has an intense, pure bouquet of sweet violets, tobacco, chocolate, wild berries, and vanilla. The palate confirms the nose, yielding a full, well-balanced wine with firm tannins and nicely-defined structure.
“This wine opens to a thin and streamlined appearance. The 2014 Brunello di Montalcino mirrors the main characteristics of the vintage with a clean mouthfeel and bright berry aromas. The Brunellos from 2014 are better suited to near or medium-term drinking and that’s definitely the case with this wine. I’d suggest a pairing with your favourite pasta dish topped with creamy cheese sauce. Sangiovese has the natural acidity to cut through any fatty foods. This expression from Altesino achieves more fruit ripeness in 2014 with aromas of plum, dark cherry and dried cassis. Some 110,000 bottles were produced.”
92 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Jan 2019
“Bright red. Flinty, musky aromas and flavours of red cherry, herbs and violet. Juicy and fresh, with berry flavors that linger nicely on the clean fresh finish of outstanding length. Not the most complex Brunello you’ll ever taste but a very good result for the year.”
91 points, Ian D’Agata vinous.com, March 2019
“Very perfumed aromas of dark berries and hints of dried violets and orange peel. Medium body, firm and silky tannins and a linear and fine finish. Fresh and lively. Drink now.”
91 points, JamesSuckling.com, Dec 2018